Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

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4 lbs of hops per BBL go into this beer.  It is dry hopped 3 separate times with Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade.  The bittering hops are Warrior and Simcoe which are both high alpha acid hops that lend a resinous punch to the finish which I will explain later.  The finishing hops, Cascade […] ... [Read more]

Nectar Ales Black Xantus Imperial Stout

Nectar Ales Black Xantus

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Nectar Ales was founded in 1987 in Northern California helping to pioneer the craft beer moment in America.  Since 2003, when Firestone Walker Brewing Company acquired Nectar, the brand has provided three year round beers to their line up.  Recently (2009) they added this annual release with is limited to roughly 400-500 cases.  It incorporates […] ... [Read more]

Firestone Walker 14 Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 14 Anniversary Ale

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Firestone Walker … a brewing company out of Paso Robles, CA that until recently hasn’t gotten much play here in Chicago or the Midwest in general. They’ve been around, though, and right now we’re reviewing/celebrating their 14th Anniversary Ale, lovingly referred to by enthusiasts as Firestone 14. It’s a blended ale made from 6 different […] ... [Read more]

Firestone Walker Double Jack Double IPA

Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA

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Holy Cow!!  What a brew!  My first sample of Firestone Walker has set the bar high.  This IPA was right up my ally with a wonderful clear bronze-honey color body, light malts, and larger-than-life hoppiness.  Since it’s arrival in Chicago, this as been my go-to IPA for weeks now. Typical to the West coast spin […] ... [Read more]

Firestone Walker Abacus Barley Wine

Firestone Walker Sucaba (Abacus) Barley Wine

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Michael:  As I’ve said before, supply and demand in the beer world has a significant impact on expectations. Several weeks ago, I hadn’t even heard of this beer, until up popped a news story about it, a soon-to-come release of a never-before-released beer, Abacus. It sounded mysterious, intangible, a foreign elixir from a far off […] ... [Read more]

Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

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Michael:  I love surprises. At least when it comes to beer. The label on this collaborative beer between Stone, Firestone Walker and 21st Amendment read: “Ale brewed with fennel seed, chia seed & pink peppercorns – with mission figs added.” Yikes. It had been sitting in my fridge for some time, for whatever reason not […] ... [Read more]